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Under-19s set out on road to Georgia

Published: Monday 3 October 2016, 9.00CET
Fifty-two teams are involved in the U19 EURO qualifying round, including holders France and last season's runners-up Italy, with the first of the 13 groups kicking off this week.
Under-19s set out on road to Georgia
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship trophy ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress.

Elite round
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 26 qualifiers join the top two seeds, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.

Final tournament

The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

Published: Monday 3 October 2016, 9.00CET

Under-19s set out on road to Georgia

Fifty-two teams are involved in the U19 EURO qualifying round, including holders France and last season's runners-up Italy, with the first of the 13 groups kicking off this week.

The 2016/17 UEFA European Under-19 Championship kicks off on Tuesday when the first of the qualifying round groups gets under way with teams bidding for a place in next summer's final tournament in Georgia.

Road to Georgia

  • The 52 qualifying round teams compete in 13 four-team mini-tournaments, with Lithuania hosting the first group from Tuesday including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Azerbaijan.
  • Holders France travel to Czech Republic to take on the hosts, Estonia and Slovenia in Group 9 from 6 October.
  • The last group ends on 16 November in Montenegro.
  • The top two in each group along with the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section, join top seeds Spain in the elite round draw on 13 December.
  • The elite round is played in spring 2017 with the seven group winners joining hosts Georgia in the finals.
  • The finals run from 2 to 15 July, beginning with two groups of four from which the top two progress to the semi-finals. These will be held on 12 July, with the final three days later.

Qualifying round groups

Group 1 (6–11 October): Russia, Belgium*, Kazakhstan, Finland

Group 2 (6–11 October): Netherlands*, Norway, San Marino, Romania

Group 3 (25–30 October): Israel, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Andorra*

Group 4 (6–11 October): Germany, Republic of Ireland, Albania*, Gibraltar

Group 5 (4–9 October): Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania*, Azerbaijan

Group 6 (10–15 November): England, Greece, Wales*, Luxembourg

Group 7 (10–15 November): Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia*

Group 8 (10–15 November): Denmark, Portugal, Bulgaria*, Belarus

Group 9 (6–11 October): France, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Slovenia

Group 10 (9–14 November): Sweden, Serbia*, Moldova, Malta

Group 11 (6–11 October): FYR Macedonia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Poland*

Group 12 (11–16 November): Croatia, Montenegro*, Faroe Islands, Cyprus

Group 13 (6–11 October): Ukraine*, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland

*Hosts

Bye to elite round: Spain

Bye to final tournament: Georgia (hosts)

Last updated: 03/10/16 9.09CET

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